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    Science Fiction and Fantasy

    This thread is dedicated to science fiction and fantasy.

    I would like to start off with Ascension which I liked and hope there will be more episodes.



    Ascension is a Canadian/American television miniseries on CBC in Canada and Syfy in USA. It is an original science fiction mystery drama that takes place aboard a generation ship, and consists of six one-hour episodes. The show is created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. The pilot was written, and executive produced by Philip Levens, who served as the showrunner. On July 9, 2014, CBC added Ascension to its fall programming roster. It was originally scheduled to premiere in November 2014.[1] In October 2014, CBC announced that the premiere date had been moved to January 2015.[2] It started airing on CBC on Monday nights starting February 9, 2015 [3] Syfy had originally announced plans to debut the show on November 24, 2014, airing one episode per week for six weeks.[4] Instead the series premiered on December 15, 2014, and aired two episodes each night for three consecutive nights.[5]

    Ascension is inspired by the real-life Project Orion that existed under the administration of President John F. Kennedy.[6] The show sets up an alternate version of reality beginning in 1963, when President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of Earth, decide to launch a covert space mission. They send 350 volunteers, including men, women and children, into space on a century-long voyage aboard the USS Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. Their mission is to colonize a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri,[7] assuring the survival of the human race. At 51 years into their 100 year journey (i.e. in the present) and as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman – the first homicide since their departure[8] – causes the ship's crew to question the true nature of their mission


    "Night One, Part 1"

    Fifty-one years into its hundred-year journey through space, a murder occurs among those aboard the U.S. Orion Class Spaceship: Ascension. The body of Lorelei Wright turns up on the ship's "beach", and Captain William Denninger asks his Executive Officer Aaron Gault to investigate. The last person to see Lorelei alive was Stokes, a man working in the lower decks. Meanwhile, on Earth, Harris Enzmann visits his father, who has suffered a stroke. While at the hospital, Harris learns of a visitor, an academic who asks about the Ascension project, seemingly knowing too much already. Harris states the program doesn't exist. Back on the ship, Gault's girlfriend Emily is Lorelei's sister and is also married to the Safety Officer. Emily tells Gault that Lorelei was dating James Toback, who worked on the lower decks. Christa, Lorelei's young friend, found her body and went into shock and a brief coma. Chief Medical Officer Bryce is treating Christa. Nora, her daughter and part-time nurse, also has a crush on Toback. Gault visits Ophelia, the ship's librarian, who says that there aren't books about solving murders, but there are some great film noirs with detectives in them. She also mentions that Lorelei checked out a video card from Year 31 but only returned its case. Year 31 was also when a massive fire killed a lot of people. Gault and Ophelia were saved by Denninger. Dr. Bryce reveals that, at around puberty, which Lorelei was experiencing, everyone must realize their limited future, pre-destined by the ship itself. Viondra, the ship's head stewardess and Denninger's wife, has sex with Councilman Rose, who could unseat her husband. She also gives Denninger information about Rose.

    "Night One, Part 2"

    As Gault searches the lower decks, he finds a book of Rilke poetry that someone has been using as a notebook to stage an insurrection. Toback and Nora go swimming at the beach to find Lorelei's video card. A radiation storm approaches, forcing everyone to protect themselves. Someone steals Dr. Bryce's seahorse necklace from her bedroom, as Christa watches. When the storm passes, Stokes' headquarters is raided and the gun is found. Stokes is taken to the brig. Christa gives Gault a compass that Lorelei had kept from "her boyfriend". After the funeral for Lorelei, Stokes' cell door is mysteriously opened, and he escapes to retrieve a gun and take Nora hostage. As Gault confronts Denninger with the compass, he is shocked to learn that Denninger had an affair with Lorelei. Stokes enters, a fight ensues, and he tries to shoot Gault, but the gun does not fire. He gets sucked out the airlock, only to land on a pad. He is drugged and taken away. Ascension is revealed to be a structure kept in a large building on Earth. For 51 years, its populace has been watched by Harris and his father.

    "Night Two, Part 1"

    Stokes, ejected from Ascension and believed to be dead by those aboard, is now in holding in the facility. Harris is told that a consultant named Samantha has been assigned to the project. She begins her investigation by trying to question Stokes, but he attacks her. An act of sabotage causes an explosion on the ship. As the medical team begins treating victims, Bryce worries that Nora might have feelings for James. Councilman Rose reminds Viondra that, while her husband's power seems solid at the moment, soon it will be taken again. She later suggests to her husband that a party should be held to boost morale. Meanwhile, Gault begins searching for a missing cobalt generator and gets hit in the face. Samantha meets with the director of the program to discuss the fact that more is going on than is known. She confronts Harris, and he shows her the video feeds to ask her, if she were born on Ascension, would she want to know the truth. Bryce discusses James with Nora, who says that she is upset that a computer will eventually match her with someone, so she has decided to have fun while she can. When Gault realizes that the cobalt generators started the fire 20 years ago, he speaks with the captain, who tells him to focus on the task at hand. James asks Gault to help him get into a program that would get him out of the lower decks. He then offers to help him find Dwight, a suspect in Lorelei's murder, by telling him to check Deck 23. In a flashback, Ophelia saves Gault's life when Deck 23 was damaged in a fire 20 years ago. Deck 23 is so damaged, now, that anyone could probably hear activity in the facility. Gault senses something near a wall where Harris stands on the other side. Then, he gets into a fight with Dwight. Gault escapes and Dwight dies. Harris goes to the warehouse to get the seahorse necklace that was taken from Bryce's office.

    "Night Two, Part 2"

    On the ship, Christa goes to get immunized. Ophelia accompanies her to prove that nothing is wrong with the shots. Ophelia takes the shot herself, has a seizure, and collapses. Looking on, Harris insists that Christa must get the shot soon or her system will start breaking down. Meanwhile, Samantha meets with conspiracy theorist Eve Marceau, who tells her that 70 scientists were abducted in the 1960s, one of whom is later shown to be Ophelia. On the ship, Viondra learns that Jackie, one of the stewardesses, has begun having sex with the captain. She relieves Jackie of her duties. When Harris tries to get Christa to take her inoculations through a glass of milk, she looks up at the camera and dumps it on the floor. Harris tells them to use their "man inside" to make her take the inoculation. Christa panics, screams, and shatters the lights, but the "man inside" also cuts himself and bleeds on her dress. Viondra learns that someone squelched her order to have Jackie transferred. Still, Viondra debuts Presley as the latest sexy stewardess type. Meanwhile, Gault talks with Christa about her inoculations and gets her to take them, but when the man arrives to give her the shot, she refuses, and he holds her down and injects her. When the DNA evidence on Christa's dress gets matched to Ike, the medical intern, he is found hanging dead in his room. Nora and James meet on the beach to talk. They admit to liking each other, but he ultimately resents her for making him feel poor. Finally, Christa visits Ophelia, who is in a coma, and reads her mind.

    Night Three, Part 1"

    The ship celebrates "Ostara", a unique birth ritual where everyone learns if they are allowed to have a baby to keep the ship's population at 600. Meanwhile, Christa follows a ghostly figure, who resembles Lorelei, laughing down the hall to the party. Viondra announces three couples' names, one of which is Duke and Emily Vanderhouse. The "ghost" tells Christa to look away when a video plays showing Lorelei having sex with the captain. Later, Viondra and William argue over the video. Councilman Rose tells the captain that he needs to step down, insulting Viondra in the process, and they fight. Dr. Bryce asks Christa to have an MRI. In the compound, Samantha steals Enzmann's henchman Carrillo's keycard. She later visits Stokes, who is preparing to escape. Director Katherine Warren arrives, not happy with Samantha's report. On the ship, Viondra has the girls to prepare the dorms for an inspection, and Jackie goes to the captain. He asks her to deliver extra rations to a woman and an "unclaimed", a child born out of wedlock. With Samantha as his hostage, Stokes leads her through the compound. They enter the room where the Ascension is held, and he has a breakdown upon seeing it. He wonders how it is possible that they landed; Samantha tells him that they never left. Onboard, Gault continues the murder investigation to learn that the video appears to have been uploaded by the captain. Duke leaves Emily when she confirms her affair with Gault. As Samantha tries to help Stokes escape, Warren takes over the Ascension project by having Enzmann escorted out and relieved of duty. Carrillo remains her second-in-command. Meanwhile, Stokes wants to see everything outside, but finds the memorial for fallen members of the Ascension. Samantha gets shot by a security guard. Back on the ship, the captain is brought up on charges for having an unclaimed, but he reveals that the child is that of another of the council members. "Lorelei" leads Christa to a fight between Gault and Duke. Christa electrocutes Duke with a surge of energy that radiates out from the ship and affects everyone.

    "Night Three, Part 2"

    Director Warren accuses Harris of creating the energy surge, but he counters by telling her that it is likely from Christa. She then makes the pretense of giving him his job back. Back on the ship, people panic, the computers are all down, and the outside does not have eyes inside. Jackie tries to get Councilman Rose's protection, but he turns her down as there is a price for failure. The air scrubbers are no longer working, causing carbon dioxide levels to rise to near-fatal levels on the ship. Meanwhile, Stokes takes Samantha to a motel so she can heal. She later decides they need to leave, as she needs to expose the Ascension project. Those in the compound cannot vent the ship, as it would cause too much confusion. Director Warren sends an operative named Medici in to kidnap Christa for her safety. With the captain off the bridge, Councilman Rose tries to assume command, but Viondra has frozen the chain of command and he has no power. Meanwhile in the scrubber room, Gault and the captain realize that they simply need to dump lithium hydroxide into the system, binding to the carbon dioxide and creating water. Samantha and Eva plot to leave town with Stokes. When he confronts them, they calm him but Samantha realizes that Eva must be working for Director Warren. Eva then shoots Samantha in the head, killing her. Onboard, Robert Bryce tries to protect Christa but is taken down by Medici. Elsewhere, the captain and Gault begin to fix the ventilation system. Gault gets a strange feeling about Christa, whom he runs off to protect. The fix works and water and oxygen rain throughout, as Gault and Medici fight. A scared Christa conjures another of her power surges, and Medici and Gault disappear. Stokes is loose, and Director Warren is furious. As she tries to reach Medici inside, Harris pushes her off the platform and kills her. Then, Harris claims that everyone on board is "going to space", as Gault is shown alone, seemingly on another planet.
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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    My favourite SF was Star Wars. Early films were the best!
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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    It took me a while to get my head around the last episode of Ascension. They were suggesting that the "spaceship" never left earth but one of the descendants a young girl developed incredible power of transference and managed to teleport or transfer someone from the ship to their destination of a new planet.

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    There are video games in fantasy genre which have hundreds of times better story/lore than harry potter atleast.... sci fi genre in Video games is very alive too , e.g games like starcraft , I am not sure how many people here play video games
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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy



    Anyone watch Stargate?
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    Ascension was a bit dry for me. I wanted the travellers to find out that they had been conned but was deprived of that. Its like Voyager you want to see the last episode when they get home or Stargate Atlantis when they get home.

    Any fans of the planet of the apes here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuu View Post


    Anyone watch Stargate?
    Im a Stargate fan!

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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Is any of this sci-fi or just conventional plots playing out in outer space?

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    One of my favorite SF short stories is Norman Kagan's The Mathenauts. An excerpt:

    — I saw a set bubbling and whirling, then take purpose and structure to itself and become a group, generate a second-unity element, mount itself and become a group, generate a second unity element, mount itself and become a field, ringed by rings. Near it, a mature field, shot through with ideals, threw off a splitting field in a passion of growth, and became complex.
    — I saw the life of the matrices; the young ones sporting, adding and multiplying by a constant, the mature ones mating by composition: male and female make male, female and male make female — sex through anticommutivity! I saw them grow old, meeting false identities and loosing rows and columns into nullity.
    — I saw a race of vectors, losing their universe to a newer race of tensors that conquered and humbled them.
    lifted from here:

    http://jsbookreader.blogspot.com/201...athenauts.html

    Another favorite of mine -- Flowers for Algernon -- began as a short story, was expanded to novel length, and was then turned into a film in '68:

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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Thinking about Flowers for Algernon brings to mind another SF story -- Poul Anderson's Brain Wave:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_Wave

    At the end of the Cretaceous period, Earth moved into an energy-damping field in space. As long as Earth was in this field, all conductors became more insulating. As a result, almost all of the life on Earth with neurons died off, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. The ones that survived passed on their genes for sufficiently capable neurons to deal with the new circumstance. Now in modern times, Earth suddenly moves out of the field. Within weeks all animal life on Earth becomes about 5 times as intelligent. The novel goes through the triumphs and tribulations of various people and non-human animals on Earth after this event.
    (Though it's mystifying to me as to what "five times more intelligent" means.)

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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Anyone see lost in space. [MENTION=2235]1Badmaash[/MENTION] brings up a good point should we really include those that are just drama's set in say space. Is that science fiction or just a drama

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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Lets decide......


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    Anyone see and or like Fringe?

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    [MENTION=4263]manuu[/MENTION]

    Saw the original film and some episodes of the TV series. Hated it. Not for me.

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    [MENTION=2011]Ironman[/MENTION]

    2001 was a brilliant book and the film was stunning, although it might appear dated now. However, the book 2010 is even more mind-boggling, but in this case the film was crap. Have you read any of the books in that series, especially 3001 which concludes the series in a brilliant way.
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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by SHAMAS View Post
    [MENTION=2011]Ironman[/MENTION]

    2001 was a brilliant book and the film was stunning, although it might appear dated now. However, the book 2010 is even more mind-boggling, but in this case the film was crap. Have you read any of the books in that series, especially 3001 which concludes the series in a brilliant way.
    No I haven't sir. Don't tell me what happens. I will get round to downloading it one day!

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    Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy

    [MENTION=2011]Ironman[/MENTION]

    A great deal of what Arthur C Clarke's scifi is exceptionally good and quite pioneering. He relies on recent scientific breakthroughs and many of his full length novels at the appendix quote his soources of inspiration.

    The Rendevous with Rama series (4 books in the series) is excellent. You'll find it in any decent library. Well worth exploring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAMAS View Post
    [MENTION=2011]2001 was a brilliant book and the film was stunning, although it might appear dated now. However, the book 2010 is even more mind-boggling, but in this case the film was crap. Have you read any of the books in that series, especially 3001 which concludes the series in a brilliant way.
    Read the book. Saw the film. Not impressed. Read 2010 -- even less impressed. Wasn't there a third volume like 2048 as well? I don't recall. US optimistic sci-fi of the '60s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manuu View Post


    Anyone watch Stargate?
    I like Atlantis Stargate more than original Stargate. I loved the idea that there was a very advanced civilisation way before us

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